Zanaco Banks K157, 000 Towards Copper Queens Olympic Preps
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games bound Copper Queens’ journey received a major boost with Zanaco bank donating K157,500 towards their preparations under the auspices of the fundraising committee.
FAZ has constituted a committee of eminent women spearheading fundraising for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games led by corporate guru Charity Lumpa.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be held from July 23 July to 8 August 2021 with Zambia drawn in Group F alongside Brazil, China and Netherlands.
Speaking when he presented the cheque to Tokyo Olympics 2020 Fundraising Committee chairperson Charity Lumpa and FAZ president Andrew Kamanga, Zanaco board chairperson Hastings Mtine said the bank was impressed with the performance by the Copper Queens hence the decision to support them.
“Zanaco is a home-grown bank and we believe in supporting home grown talent. This is why today we are handing over a cheque worth K157,500 to get our Copper Queens to the Tokyo Olympics and go for gold,” Mtine said.
“It’s a momentous task that they have but they are representing the country and they go with our blessings. We wish them all the best as they go to the Olympics.”
Lumpa thanked Zanaco for the donation saying it will go a long way in adequately preparing and sustaining the Copper Queens.
“In this very challenging times, we are very happy that Zanaco has recognised what we are trying to do to support the ladies because they are breadwinners and that’s the only job they have, at the end of the day, what they are going to achieve at the Olympics can bring money,” Lumpa said.
Lumpa was proud that the gender movement was alive in Zanaco and their support was humbling.
“As a committee, we are calling on all well-meaning companies to emulate Zanaco Plc. What we are seeing here is a true sign of patriotism.”
“Our goal is to raise $2,000,000, it is not an easy task especially in this COVID-19 era because a lot of people are focussing on COVID relief but without this, the girls will not be earning so when you support the girls to compete at the Olympics, you are actually helping in terms of the COVID relief as well,” she added.
Lumpa was accompanied by Ambassador Ndiyoyi Mutiti and Priscilla Mutale Nkanza. Also present at the event was ZANACO Chief Executive Officer Mukwandi Chibesakunda.
FAZ president Andrew Kamanga said the Association took a decision to support the Copper Queens which saw the birth of a committee of eminent women established to raise funds for the women’s national team.
The Copper Queens will be the only team at the Olympics that will be representing the African continent.